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Killing three Israelis ‘is a great thing,’ says Fatah official

Responding to these murders, senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki said it was “a great thing.”

Poll shows Gaza, West Bank Arabs would vote for Hamas to...

The poll was conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki, and was said to have a 3 percent margin of error.

Hamas-driven West Bank violence targets Israel and the PA

Hamas wants to extend its control beyond Gaza’s borders and onto West Bank Palestinians. To do this, it needs to undermine the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank. Destabilizing the area through acts of armed violence against Israelis promotes this goal by drawing in Israeli security operations, increasing tensions and unrest and weakening the P.A.’s image. The attacks also serve Hamas’s core jihadist ideology against Israel.